Col 2:16-17 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath: (17) Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body of Christ. If I understand this correctly, the most important judgment we are to make of the brethren is “are they part of the body of Messiah?” If so then we are not to judge them nor allow ourselves to be judged in our keeping of these lesser commandments, or “shadow of things to come.”
If the greatest commandment is to Love YHWH and the second greatest is to love your neighbor, would everything else be a least commandment? Idolatry a violation of the first, the most egregious trespass of the second was issued the death penalty; murder, adultery and sodomy the epitome of hatred against your fellow man. The King James Bible states, “Thou shall not kill” and we understand given biblical case law and a circumspect view of scripture how to interpret this law as murder. Should we not apply the same skill to understanding the sabbath as well?
I have only found one incident where the death penalty was meted as a punishment for violating the sabbath, and that at its establishment leads me to conclude that this isolated incident was an exception if not a special cause to that individual – it certainly was not the rule though it was then the prescribed punishment. Israel “profaned the sabbath” by engaging in commerce on it, they were captive in Babylon 70 years to satisfy a sabbath debt. Israel was unwilling to carry out the death penalty for a violation of the sabbath, I’m not sure that I would be willing to administer such either, however I would be inclined to keep it.
The religious leaders of Messiah’s day must have been very confused about the sabbath though they did not believe they were. The One who made the sabbath and commanded the sabbath was continually accused by them of violating the sabbath. However He could not have broke the sabbath at anytime. Because the religious leaders were left confused by the sabbath statutes of the Law and Moses perhaps we should pay special attention to the Messiah’s actions and commentary on the sabbath lest we fail as they did.
Yahushua and his disciples plucked grain to eat as they walked thru the fields on the sabbath. They were not gathering nor engaged in commerce, only eating what was already prepared. Is it lawful to pull your ox out of a ditch on the sabbath? Do you have an ox? Can this be applied circumspectly? The Levite profaned the sabbath in the temple and was guiltless. Do some people have to work on the Sabbath? Yes. Do good on the sabbath. Heal on the sabbath. Rescue on the sabbath. Flight on the sabbath. Defend on the sabbath. Fight on the sabbath. Teach on the sabbath. Fellowship on the sabbath… Worship… So I end up where I started, quoting Paul: Col 2:16-17 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath: (17) Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body of Christ.
In Col 1 thru 2:15 we find an exclamation of our liberty in Christ, what is referred to by “therefore.” We are also admonished not to allow our liberty to be used as an occasion for the gratification of the flesh. So we should desire to keep the sabbath and even the least commandments, Mat 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
The SDA denomination has turned sabbath keeping into a salvation issue. Do they doom themselves if they per chance are actually keeping the wrong day? Do they gamble their salvation on the correctness of the Popes Gregorian Calendar, believing Friday and Saturday are also the Creators Sabbath? Babylonian Talmudic Judaism and Messianic Christians also keep the Saturday Sabbath. Islam keeps their sabbath on the Gregorian Friday. The Popes claim to have changed the Sabbath to their Gregorian calendar Sunday, so the Roman Catholic Cult and all of her Ecuminiacal Daughters go along. Three counterfeit Sabbaths, all based on the Anti-Christ’s Gregorian Calendar only prove that Babylon and Rome are the epitome of smorgasbord religion. Freedom of choice, isn’t it wonderful!
I really don’t have a preference as to what day the sabbath should fall. I am so grateful to the Messiah and for Paul’s epistles that I don’t really have a horse in this race. It’s not a salvation issue for me. But I am interested in Biblical Studies, and I am inclined to keep the sabbath because I believe it pleases my Heavenly Father. Oh and there is that part about being great in the kingdom of heaven-it has become obvious to me that I will never achieve greatness in the world nor do I seek it. The kingdom of heaven, that’s where I want to be great. So my object has been to find out only what the scripture gives as a calendar for sabbath observation. Following is the result and my best rendering of the Creators calendar.
|There is a vestige of the Creators Calendar left in the modern day calendar. September, October, November, and December respectively mean 7th-month, 8th-month, 9th-month, &-10th month. Does this mean that the 11th and 12th month followed December (10th month)? According to the bible this is the fact. The Creators New Year begins in the spring!
What is a Moon-th: One complete cycle of the moon from which the word month is derived.
|The first dayof each moon-th of the Creators Calendar is a New Moon Day. Sighting of the first sliver of the moon cycle signified the coming of the first work day of each new month. The Sabbaths are on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th of each moonth. In a thirty day moonth the last day will be a New Moon Day followed by another New Moon Day, the first day of the following moonth. 7 of 19 years had a 13th moon cycle called “Second Adar“, this kept the Creators Calendar Seasonally Correct.|